Meet the team
Meet the team
My name is Alison Elms and I am the Senior Practitioner of the Fostering Team. I have been a qualified Social Worker since 1995, and have experience of front line Child Protection Social Work and I have worked with young people leaving care. I have been in the Fostering Team since 2003 and am proud of managing such a hard working and dedicated Fostering Team.
My name is Jane Magnien. I am a Family Placement Social Worker in the Fostering Team. I have been a qualified Social Worker for 13 years. I have worked within Assessment, Safeguarding and Family Support Teams; and was a Senior Practitioner for the Assessment Team for a year. I support prospective foster carers from the stages of assessment through to Panel. I provide supervision, practical and emotional support to new and experienced foster carers. I am involved in the Standards Training and deliver training and support groups for foster carers.
My name is Val Cramond and I have been in the Fostering Team since 2003. As a Social Worker in the Child in Care Team in the 1980s, I always had a lot of admiration and respect for the dedication and hard work of foster carers. After returning to Social Work after the birth of my own children, I was delighted to be given the opportunity to become a member of the Fostering Team and be instrumental in assessing and supervising foster carers.
My name is Tim Green I have worked in Fostering since 2001. Previously I was a social worker in another authority in both The Child Care and Adoption Teams. Recently my role changed and I now concentrate on Private Fostering. This occurs when a child, under the age of 16 or 18 if disabled, lives with an adult who is not a close relative for 28 days or more. This is a private arrangement between the parents and the carer and the child is not “looked after” by the Local Authority. However we have a duty to assess the situation to determine whether it is appropriate for the child and to provide advice/ assistance if necessary.
My name is Louise Reynolds and I am a Family Placement Social Worker based within the Fostering Team at Poole. After qualifying in 2008, I gained extensive experiences in different areas of childcare, including the Leaving Care and Child in Care Teams. I support prospective foster carers through the stages of assessment and through to Panel. One of my particular interests is the development of foster carer training and the recruitment of new carers.
I work in the Fostering team as a Family Placement social worker. I qualified as a social worker in 2012. I have been in the fostering team for 2 years. Prior to that I have worked in a child protection team for 2 years and 2 years as a locality social worker promoting school attendance; all roles working with children and families. I am responsible for assessing, training and supervising foster carers. I love my role in Fostering as we strive to improve outcomes for Looked After children which is both challenging and rewarding.
My name is Marie Thompson. I am a Social Care Support Worker in the Supported lodgings Team which sits within the Fostering Team. I have worked in childcare and youth provision all my working life. I have worked with children in early years provision, Children in Care and young people leaving care as well as youth clubs. My role involves supporting and assessing prospective Supported Lodgings Carers from assessments through to Panel. I provide practical and emotional support to Supported Lodgings carers through monthly supervision. I am responsible for setting up a comprehensive training programme for both Foster carers and Supported Lodgings carers which I hope to develop further in the future. As part of the fostering team, I take on many wide and varied tasks which is an excellent learning experience.